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picky

[ pik-ee ]
/ ˈpɪk i /
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adjective, pick·i·er, pick·i·est.

extremely fussy or finicky, usually over trifles.

RELATED WORDS

captious, critical, dainty, fastidious, fault-finding, fussy, nice, particular, persnickety

Nearby words

pickwick papers, the, pickwick, samuel, pickwickian, pickwickian syndrome, pickwickianism, picky, picloram, picnic, picnic races, pico, pico de aneto

Origin of picky

First recorded in 1865–70; pick1 + -y1
Related formspick·i·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pickiest

picky

/ (ˈpɪkɪ) /

adjective pickier or pickiest

informal fussy; finicky; choosy
Derived Formspickily, adverbpickiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for pickiest

picky


adj.

1867, from pick (v.) + -y (2). Related: Pickiness. The earliest recorded uses are in reference to eating.

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